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Govt to conduct survey to assess plight of farmers this year

NEW DELHI: To assess the plight of farmers, the government will habits a pan-India survey to ascertain their source of revenue and indebtedness amongst other problems for the present crop year (July-June).

In a written respond to Lok Sabha, minister of state for agriculture Gajendra Singh Shekhawat mentioned that the 'Situation Assessment Survey of Agricultural Households' will probably be conducted all the way through the 77th round of the National pattern survey in the current calendar year.

The survey objectives to supply a "comprehensive assessment of the situation of agricultural households in the country, including their income, expenditure and indebtedness," he added.

The final such survey used to be conducted for the reference year 2012-13 (crop year). Thereafter, the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) has not conducted such a survey.

" such, the comparable estimates for rise in income of agricultural households during 2014-2018 are not available," the minister informed.

Shekhawat additional mentioned that the periodicity of such a survey is determined at the foundation of necessities of the involved ministry, adequacy of the current data, availability of assets and manpower, rising spaces of outrage and development priorities of the government.

He also discussed that given the vastness of the rustic's dimension and assets concerned, the NSSO conducts other surveys on household client expenditure and employment-unemployment after every 5 years.

The inter-ministerial committee on doubling farmers' source of revenue via 2022 has thought to be the estimates of agriculture households' source of revenue got from the 70th round of NSS survey data as the base level source of revenue, he added.

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